Holiday concert benefits CASA

Flying J. Wranglers

Press release

The Flying J Wranglers of Alto, NM, are the featured act for an upcoming concert that will kick off the Christmas season in East Texas.

A CASA Country Christmas, set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, will benefit CASA of Trinity Valley, a nonprofit providing courtroom advocacy for children in foster care in Anderson, Cherokee and Henderson counties. The concert, CASA’s newest fundraiser, will be held at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church, 902 NE Loop 7 in Athens.

“We’re inviting all our local country music fans to come out and enjoy this talented group of musicians,” CASA executive director Emily Heglund said. “This show is sure to be a lot of fun for the whole family.”

The concert, presented by KCKL 95.9 and the Athens Daily Review, comprises a mix of western, spiritual and popular Christmas classics, with a little humor and yuletide cheer thrown in. A CASA Country Christmas is an all-ages show that “ho ho hopes” to entertain and fill the crowd with Christmas spirit.

All proceeds from the concert will directly benefit CASA of Trinity Valley in its efforts to recruit and train CASA volunteers to give a “voice” to abused and neglected children in court and the foster care system. Last year, CASA volunteers in Henderson, Anderson and Cherokee counties advocated for 815 children. This year, that number is projected to be even higher, Heglund said.

“We are so thankful for the support provided by our local communities,” she said. “Without our dedicated volunteers and compassionate donors, we could not help shepherd these children through the foster care system and into safe, permanent homes.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children over 6. They are available in person at CASA of Trinity Valley, 1104 E. Tyler St. in Athens, and at Kathy’s Boutique, 122 N. Palestine St. in Athens. Tickets can also be purchased online at